The Sept. 11, 2015, Community and Protective Services Committee meeting included:
- Sliding Scale Proposal for The City of Calgary Subsidy Programs; and
- Dandelion Control on City Property.
Sliding Scale Proposal for The City of Calgary Subsidy Programs
The Committee approved the report for the use of the proposed sliding scale as a foundation for advocating to other orders of government for funding support, including the current consultation process for the provincial government’s 2016-2017 budget and to continue to refine a sliding scale approach including an implementation plan and funding framework and report back to the Committee no later than 2016 July. The goal of a sliding subsidy scale is to align differential subsidy rates to different levels of income and to extend subsidy benefits beyond the current low income threshold and provide more affordable fees/fares for those currently receiving subsidies. The Committee recommended that Council receive as an item of Urgent Business for the 2015 September 14 Combined Council Meeting.
Dandelion Control on City Property
The Committee accepted the report which proposes a short-term and long-term strategy for dandelion control and requested that the report be forwarded to the September 28 Council meeting to be considered at the same time as the 2016 Resilience Budget. The Committee also requested that Council direct Administration to prepare an Omnibus report for the meeting and direct Administration to report back through the Committee no later than 2016 October on the short-term suppression program’s effectiveness and costs, and on long-term recommendations for best practices on pest management including weed and dandelion control.
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